Rugby star D'Arcy's speeding case is dismissed
RUGBY star Gordon D'Arcy has escaped a conviction for speeding, after a judge accepted his evidence that he hadn't received the initial fine.
Judge Catherine Staines dismissed a speeding summons against the Ireland and Leinster player, who said he did not get the fine issued earlier this year.
The court heard that a speed van caught Mr D'Arcy (33) driving at 106kmh in an 80kmh zone at Shanderry, Portarlington, in April.
And at Tullamore District Court, Mr D'Arcy, with an address in Dartry, Dublin, admitted being the nominated driver of a Honda-sponsored car at the time of the offence.
The fine was sent to Honda, but he said it was not passed on to him. Under cross-examination by Inspector Kieran Keyes, Mr D'Arcy said he gets all his other post.
Judge Staines noted that the form sent by Honda to the speeding fines office in Thurles, nominating Mr D'Arcy as the driver at the time, did not state his address clearly.
Judge Staines said she believed that Mr D'Arcy would have paid the fine rather than miss a day of training and risk double penalty points. She said she believed Mr D'Arcy hadn't received the fine.
This places the court in a dilemma, she said. The only way to deal with both sides fairly is if fines are sent by registered post, she added.
People would prefer to pay a fine than receive double points, she said, and dismissed the case because she wasn't satisfied that he had in fact received the fine.